Starting this January, Scaling Up will bring together a group of 6-18 farmers with about 4 -7 years of experience who are seeking to grow their operations and plan for long-term viability. Participants convene for a series of two-day sessions hosted at the Copake Agricultural Center in Copake, NY, in which they will refine business and production plans and learn from fellow farmers and educators. Continue Reading →
Though the tomatoes and melons of this season are still in full force and the fall bounty is yet to come, it is time to daydream about 2014. The UVM Farmer Training Program is now accepting applications until October 31 for early admission to the 2014 cohort! (After that admission will be rolling until spots and the waitlist are filled.) Apply now to join an incredible group of students for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education.
The UVM Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program (May 5 -October 31, 2014)for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.
Susie and the Farmer Training Team
Terrific offerings and a guide to choosing which courses are best for you.
With the growing season at its peak, it’s hard to believe that the “down” season is just a couple months away. Use that slow season wisely to continue your farming education with a selection of 12 online courses. Registration is open now and some courses fill quickly, so be sure to check them out soon!
- BF 101: Square One – Creating a Farm that Matches Your Values, Goals, Skills, and Resources
- BF 102: Markets and Profits – Exploring the Feasibility of Your Farming Ideas
- BF 103: Taking Care of Business – Understanding the Business, Regulatory, and Tax Implications of Your Farm
- BF 104: Financial Records – Setting up Systems to Track Your Profitability
- BF 106: Organic Certification – What, How, and Why (or Why Not) Continue Reading →
If you’ve been reading our blog all summer and dreaming of getting your hands in the soil, consider applying to MOFGA’s apprenticeship program.
NOW is a great time to apprentice on a farm in Maine. Many of the farms participating in MOFGA’s Apprenticeship Program are looking for fun, hard-working and energetic crew members for the months of August, September and October. With an increase in the number of fall CSAs and winter markets Maine farmers are extending their seasons and are able to offer longer season apprenticeships. The MOFGA Apprenticeship program is an excellent way to learn by doing. Farms in the program include vegetable, livestock and dairy operations and range in scale from homestead and farmstead production to market gardens and commercial operations- so what ever interests you have- there is an apprentice situation for you. The program includes weekly Farm Training Projects that run through mid-September. These topic specific weekly gatherings supplement on-farm training and are a great way to meet other apprentices. For more information about MOFGA’s Apprenticeship Program, Farm Training Project and to apply please visit www.mofga.org > programs > apprenticeship or call the MOFGA Office 207-568-4142.
another interesting opportunity in Washington State.
Interested in becoming an Organic Farmer? Join our Organic Farm School program!
Located in Washington State, the Organic Farm School (OFS) trains aspiring farmers to run successful, ecological and community-focused farms and uses its eight-acre organic farm as a real-world example and outdoor classroom. During the full-time, 7.5-month residential program, students spend one third of their time attending weekly classes and field trainings, studying a university-developed farming and marketing curriculum, going on bi-weekly field trips and engaging in independent research projects, including the writing of a personal farm business plan. Students spend the balance of their time co-managing the OFS farm which focuses on market-scale production of organic vegetables, seed crops and cover crops with berries, poultry, goats and bees incorporated as well. Through this balance of academic and experiential studies, students learn and experience all aspects of starting and running a small scale organic farm, from goal setting and business planning to planting, harvesting, and marketing. With this skill and knowledge base, graduates are able to minimize their risk and maximize their success as they enter the growing field of sustainable agricultural producers!
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